Kona Boat Tours
  • Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
  • Yes, all tours are by appointment and advance purchase. Advance preparations for food, equipment and staffing don’t permit “walk in” guests on the day of the trip. Please book your tickets here -online, or call  808-447-0080. Tours sell out early, so don’t wait – book early!

  • What should I bring along?
  • What should I bring along? 
    Wear a bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, sunblock, and a t-shirt/rash guard for sun protection. Also bring an underwater camera if you'd like. 
    It is typically about 75-85 degrees year round with high UV. Take Less Drowsy Dramamine and hour before the trip if you have problems with seasickness.
    Also please arrive to the meeting location dressed and with sunscreen applied,
    as there are no changing rooms available at the meeting spot. 
    There is a public restroom next to the meeting location. 
  • Are there any age or fitness requirements?
  • Our boat tour guest ranges in age between 4 and 74  and for half our guests, it is their first experience. We do not allow children under 3 or adults over the age of 75 as they will have difficulty with the snorkeling portion of the trip. With the help of your guide the tour is comfortable for the novice and effortless for the experienced – allowing you to focus on the coral reef and tropical fish below.

  • Are there any weight restrictions?
  • Our boats can accommodate 270 lbs per person.
  • What kind of boats do you use?
  • Our boat is an 18′ rigid hull inflatable and your captain (no extra charge) has his US Coast Guard license to operate on Hawaii ocean waters. We’ll have a cooler for you to bring drinks and snacks and we’ll provide the snorkel gear. Our boat is uniquely designed for your enjoyment in Hawaiian waters, but expect to get a little wet (the boat has low sides and it’s common to get a light splash periodically).

  • What is included in the tax collected?
  • The tax rate of 7.28% includes a GE tax and a dobor boating tax. 
  • What happens if it rains?
  • We go out rain or shine. Sea life is seen regardless of weather conditions and we always ensure a special trip.  There is also a full cover on the boat that should help keep us dry. We cancel our trips infrequently but when winds or waves become too high or it rains too hard we will cancel a trip for safety and/or comfort reasons. If that does happen, you will be able to reschedule or receive credit for a future tour.

  • Are pets allowed?
  • No, we cannot accommodate the unique needs of pets at this time.
  • Is the tour suitable for pregnant women or guests with bad backs?
  • The boat moves at about 15-20 mph and the ride can be bumpy.  Guests over 3 months pregnant or who have bad backs should think about a less exciting and smoother trip.

  • Will there be a guide on the boat with us?
  • Yes. Each trip includes a US Coast Guard captain licensed to operate on Hawaii ocean waters. Our guides are ocean enthusiasts and share their love of the area on each trip.

  • Do I need to know how to swim?
  • No, but you will need to be comfortable in an ocean environment. If you are fearful of the water, this might not be a good choice for you. There are USCG approved life vests and noodles available for flotation both while on the boat and snorkeling.

  • Is the boat safe?
  • Yes, our boats are safe - they are stable and dry.  Pontoons make the boats almost unsinkable. 
    In addition, our boat guides and captains are always on hand and available to help. 
  • Are the waters safe?
  • We go out in a large protected Bay on the leeward side of the Big Island. The Bay is protected from sea conditions throughout the year.
    When waves or wind warrant, we cancel our trips as needed.

  • Will I see sharks in the water?
  • Due to the clarity of the water and time of day we go out, sharks are not seen. What we do see are Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, tropical fish and coral gardens.